Fire Starting – Hand Drill
Using a hand drill is one of the oldest and simplest methods of starting a fire. This method is probably best suited for dry climates, as it will take some work to rotate the spindle enough to create an ember.
Follow these steps to use the Hand Drill Method
- Make sure you have a tinder bundle prepared for when you get an ember.
- Cut a V-shaped notch in a board, then start a small depression with your knife tip. Set a piece of bark, or a big leaf underneath the notch to catch your ember.
- Place the spindle, which should be about two feet in length, in the depression. Then, while maintaining a good amount of downward pressure, roll the stick between the palms of your hands, running them very quickly down the stick.
- Keep doing this until the spindle tip glows red and you get an ember.
- Tap the board to get the ember onto your leaf or piece of bark, then transfer it over to your tinder bundle and blow it until you get a flame.